The hero of the War of 1812, the conqueror of Mexico City in the Mexican-American War, and Abraham Lincoln's top soldier during the first six months of the Civil War, General Winfield Scott was a seminal force in the early expansion and consolidation of the American republic. John S. D. Eisenhower explores how Scott, who served under fourteen ...Read MoreThe hero of the War of 1812, the conqueror of Mexico City in the Mexican-American War, and Abraham Lincoln's top soldier during the first six months of the Civil War, General Winfield Scott was a seminal force in the early expansion and consolidation of the American republic. John S. D. Eisenhower explores how Scott, who served under fourteen presidents, played a leading role in the development of the United States Army from a tiny, loosely organized, politics-dominated establishment to a disciplined professional force capable of effective and sustained campaigning.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-11-10 Despite the publisher's contention that this is "the first-ever biography" of Winfield Scott (1786-1866), Eisenhower's (Intervention!) fine work is actually the latest of several previous biographies of the esteemed general, and the first major work on him since Charles W. Elliott's classic Winfield Scott (1937), now generally unavailable for modern readers. Scott served 14 U.S. presidents, rising from captain in 1798 to general-in-chief of the U.S. Army in 1841. His service in the War of 1812 brought him to national attention; his superb performance in the Mexican War showered international fame upon him. In between, he wrote General Regulations for the Army, the first comprehensive set of military bylaws. Eisenhower, using published primary sources as well as secondary literature, has crafted a first-rate biography that covers the general's flaws (a large ego and quick temper) as well as his military genius, along with his presidential ambitions. This is a nuanced, knowing and overdue study of an influential American who is almost forgotten today except by those who study the art of war. Maps. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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